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Saturday, February 9, 2002

A Good Place to Start

After dark one evening, a Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus,
a Pharisee, came to speak with Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "we all
know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are
proof enough that God is with you."
-- John 3:1-2 (NLT)

Some give Nicodemus a hard time for coming to Jesus at night.
However, John doesn't. In fact, if we listen carefully to this
story, Nicodemus does exactly what Jesus says people "who do what is
right" will do -- they come out of the darkness to the light to have
their deeds revealed. Nicodemus makes a good start. He recognizes
that what Jesus does shows he comes from God. That's a good
beginning. In fact, there are a lot of people who think Jesus is a
good person, a good teacher, a good prophet that has come from God.
For most of them, that is enough. Good intentions, good thinking.
But like Nicodemus -- and the rest of Jesus' disciples -- this is not
enough. Jesus will challenge Nicodemus to see things in a whole new
light. He will do very much the same for those of us who want to
keep Jesus tame and nice. Jesus is about to remind us that he is our
Lord and we begin fresh, or we stay in darkness. Are you ready for
the journey? Are you ready to join Nicodemus?

Father, I confess that there are times when I want to tame Jesus
and take some of the radical call of his Gospel out of my path. Yet
I recognize that grace was costly to you and should not be
trivialized by me. With all that I have, I surrender my heart to
Jesus as Lord. Use your Spirit, O God, to open my heart to fully
follow Jesus and powerful live as a witness to your transformational
grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT -- http://www.heartlight.org/

February 9, 2002

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so,
because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one
of you has for each other is increasing.
-- 2 Thessalonians 1:3

"Increase my faith, O, Lord." "Increase my strength."
"Increase my wisdom." We often pray for these things, but when is
the last time you thanked God for your love increasing? Can you
think of anything more exciting to say about your church than to
say, "The love every one of you has for each other is increasing!"
Let pray and act to make it so!

Holy God, may your love so fill me so that I can fully share
love with those that meet each day. May this love grow and
increase in so that others may readily see its benefits and
recognize that it is a direct response to the lavish love you have
shared with me. Through the power of your Spirit, help my love
increase! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.